Pakistan batsman Shoaib Malik announced his retirement from One-day international cricket after Pakistan beat Bangladesh in the last match of the group stage at the ongoing World Cup. After a disastrous World Cup run, the 37-year-old batting all-rounder decided to hang his boots, bringing his celebrated 20-year career to an end.
Malik announced his retirement on social media via Twitter, as he thanked his teammates, support staff, family, sponsors, and his fans. Read the tweet here:
Malik was given the traditional guard of honour by his teammates after Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 94 runs at Lord's, London on 5 July.
Malik has played 258 One Day Internationals (ODIs), scoring 7958 runs at an average of 34.56, as he has played the role of an anchor for the Pakistani innings many times during the two-decade-long career. He has played 111 T20 international games and has scored 2263 runs. The batsman-allrounder's Test career was very limited as he has played just 35 matches, scoring 1898 runs in them.
Former cricketers and fans wished Malik luck as the star batsman announced his retirement. From being the Pakistan skipper to their key middle-order batsman, Malik has been a guiding force for the Pakistan team ever since his inclusion in the then-fierce Pakistan squad. Read some of the reactions here:
Indian commentator Harsha Bhogle wished the batsman luck and said that he had made a career that couldn't be forgotten.
Teammate Wahab Riaz also wished Malik luck, as he fondly remembered moments shared between the two and his presence in the dressing room.
Former skipper Shahid Afridi also congratulated the batsman for his career and said that he had made Pakistan proud and was a true ambassador for the nation.
Former Pakistan wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal wished his former teammate the very best as he recounted days when both were playing for the team together.
Other teammates also took to wish the batsman luck and congratulate him on his career achievements.